1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica sells for $4.4m

A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe achieved $4.4m in RM Sotheby's Amelia Island sale on March 12.

The car originally belonged to racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt and is a superb example of the model.

Superamerica RM Sothebys
The 1962 Superamerica belonged to racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt

It displays a number of modifications produced to Goldschmidt's specifications, such as bespoke upholstery and fitted luggage, and was shown at coach maker Pininfarina's stand at the 1962 Turin Auto Show.

The 400 Superamerica was produced in a limited run of 47 and features a powerful V12 engine.

The record for the model is $7.6m, set at RM Sotheby's in 2015.

Other high profile lots included a 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO that realised $2.8m.

The car was the first 288 GTO shipped to Japan and was formerly part of the collection of Yoshiho Matsuda.

It was displayed for many years in his Ferrari museum outside Tokyo.

The model was designed to compete in FIA Group B racing, but by the time it rolled off the production line the category had already been shelved.

The auction house comments: "The 288 GTO, now heralded as the first of Ferrari's incredible series of supercars, was robbed of its chance to earn its fabled name through the crucible of motorsport, but it more than lived up to its predecessor's reputation as a fabulous driving machine.

"It has become a staple in many of the world's greatest collections of Ferraris, just as this fine example was for Yoshiho Matsuda."

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